According to the California Association of Realtors, California's housing market slowed for the third straight month in July 2021, with both home sales and prices tempering from the heated market conditions seen over the past year, while still staying above pre-pandemic levels.
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 428,980 in July, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2021 if sales maintained the July pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
July home sales dipped 1.6 percent on a monthly basis from 436,020 in June and were down 2 percent from a year ago, when 437,890 homes were sold on an annualized basis. July's sales level was the second highest level in the month of July in the past six years. Despite the downward trend, California home sales maintained a solid year-to-date increase of 27.3 percent.
"The California housing market continues to normalize from the white-hot conditions we experienced at the height of the pandemic with both sales and prices moderating as we slowly transition from the peak home-buying season into the fall," said C.A.R. President Dave Walsh. "The market remains solid, however, as sales were still the second highest level for a July in the last six years, and the statewide median price continues to perform above last year's level by double-digits. Housing supply, while improved, remains tight and market competition is still heated with homes flying off the market in record time."
After setting record highs for the past four consecutive months, California's median home price slipped 1 percent on a month-to-month basis to $811,170 in July, down from June's $819,630 and up 21.7 percent from the $666,320 recorded last July. The median price in California remained above the $800,000 benchmark for the fourth consecutive month.
"Despite dipping slightly from its record peak set in June, California's median price remains elevated as supply constraints continue to provide upward pressure to support home prices," said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Jordan Levine. "However, home prices should ease as housing inventory improves in the third quarter and the market continues to normalize during the traditional off-season."
Other key points from C.A.R.'s July 2021 resale housing report include: